Escape to Another Place

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes," says Proust.
Though you may not be able to travel, here are some brilliant pairs of eyes.


Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226462
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Published: Catapult - March 3rd, 2020

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780679734048
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Published: Vintage - June 4th, 1991

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374532185
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 16th, 2010

A Visit to Don Otavio: A Mexican Journey Cover Image
By Sybille Bedford, Bruce Chatwin (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781590179697
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 21st, 2016

Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375727542
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Published: Vintage - October 12th, 2004

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400067558
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Published: Random House - February 7th, 2012

Watermark (FSG Classics) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374523824
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 1st, 1993

In Patagonia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142437193
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 25th, 2003

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Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061859373
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Published: Ecco - February 28th, 2012

If you don't already want to quit your job, move out west, and post up in a lookout tower high above the forest to contemplate solitude and the wilderness (our place in it, the hubris and idiocy with which we change it), this book will make you want to do that. Be careful. 

— Sam


The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches Cover Image
By Charles Darwin, Janet Browne (Editor), Janet Browne (Introduction by), Michael Neve (Editor), Michael Neve (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140432688
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 7th, 1989

Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679724759
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Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416573166
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Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2008

A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube Cover Image
By Patrick Leigh Fermor, Jan Morris (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171653
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 3rd, 2005

Great Plains Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312278502
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Published: Picador - May 4th, 2001

Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374537838
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 14th, 2018

Blue Highways: A Journey into America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316353298
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 19th, 1999

Of Walking in Ice: Munich-Paris, 23 November–14 December 1974 Cover Image
By Werner Herzog, Martje Herzog (Translated by), Alan Greenberg (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780816697328
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - April 27th, 2015

Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061804106
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 8th, 2011

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The Sea Inside Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781612194363
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Published: Melville House - May 12th, 2015

If you are like me and enjoy reading digressive, Sebaldian collage-books at the seaside, then this one is for you. All the ocean is in these pages.

— Madeleine


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Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061695131
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Published: Amistad - December 30th, 2008

Zora Neale Hurston travels around the Caribbean in the 1930s, and gets way into voodoo. Part diary, part ethnography, part political commentary, this book is amazing.

— Madeleine


Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451493934
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Published: Knopf - April 16th, 2019

The Soccer War (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679738053
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Published: Vintage - February 4th, 1992

The Shadow of the Sun (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679779070
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

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A Small Place Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374527075
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 28th, 2000

An archly facetious would-be tourist's guide to Antigua, channeling Fanon with a breathtaking precision of image and argument. Kincaid explains tourism as a neo-colonial form of occupation from without, and offers no expiation whatsoever for the guilty conscience of the thrill-seeker, whom she excoriates in the second-person: "the banality of your own life is very real to you; it drove you to this extreme, spending your days and nights in the company of people who despise you, people you do not like really, people you would not want to have as your actual neighbour." Uncomfortable and unforgettable; the opposite of beach reading.

— Cam


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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385494786
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Published: Anchor - October 19th, 1999

Krakauer is one of the best adventure/travel writers out there, and those who want to live vicariously through him need to read this book. He details his harrowing climb to the summit of Mount Everest, a trip that becomes deadly for many of his companions. I was so captivated by this story that I (very) momentarily considered climbing Everest...I got over that fleeting desire but still love the book.

— Lauren


Horizon Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375708473
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Published: Vintage - January 7th, 2020

Borges in Sicily (Literary Travellers) Cover Image
By Alejandro Luque, Andrew Edwards (Translated by), Ferdinando Scianna (By (photographer))
$22.95
ISBN: 9781909961449
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Published: Haus Publishing - February 15th, 2018

Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit (Landscapes) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780375714061
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Published: Vintage - July 13th, 2004

The Snow Leopard: (Penguin Orange Collection) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143129523
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 18th, 2016

A Year in Provence (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679731146
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Published: Vintage - June 4th, 1991

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375703409
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Published: Vintage - September 27th, 2005

Hav Cover Image
By Jan Morris, Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590174494
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 30th, 2011

My First Summer in the Sierra (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By John Muir, Mike Davis (Introduction by), Herbert W. Gleason (Photographs by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780812968651
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Published: Modern Library - November 11th, 2003

An Area of Darkness: A Discovery of India Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375708350
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Published: Vintage - July 9th, 2002

Neapolitan Chronicles Cover Image
By Anna Maria Ortese, Ann Goldstein (Translator), Jenny McPhee (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781939931511
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Published: New Vessel Press - March 13th, 2018

Homage to Catalonia / Down and Out in Paris and London Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780547447339
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 15th, 2010

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The Rings of Saturn Cover Image
By W. G. Sebald, Michael Hulse (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811226158
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Published: New Directions - November 8th, 2016

Though ostensibly a walking tour of the the grim, gray coastline of eastern England, this book is in fact a natural history of humanity, of the catalogue of catastrophes we call civilization. Recovering from an injury and recounting his long pilgrimage, the narrator leads us through a landscape and a mesh of meditations: from the ghost towns of industrial decline to the windblown heaths of ecological collapse, from the skull of Sir Thomas Browne to the lurid royal origins of the silkworm trade in China. Erudite and curious, mysterious and melancholy, and punctuated obliquely by an archive of grainy photographs, it is a testament, an atonement, and a reverie on the endgame of history. It is also as delicate as gossamer, and in its most profound moments it touches the sublime.

— Ethan


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A Field Guide to Getting Lost Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143037248
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Published: Penguin Books - June 27th, 2006

Rebecca Solnit will force you to reconsider what an essay can do. Her writing in this collection is frighteningly clever and moves from Hitchcock to women's underwear to snakes to Yves Klein Blue with effortless ease, mirroring the circuitous, tangential way we speak and think (or at least the way I speak and think) in a way which is deeply comforting. This is the book I have given as a gift most often, and which I return to whenever I feel like the world and I aren't on speaking terms.

— Madeleine


Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476795058
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Published: Scribner - May 23rd, 2017

Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea Cover Image
By Teffi, Edythe Haber (Introduction by), Robert Chandler (Translated by), Anne Marie Jackson (Translated by), Irina Steinberg (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590179512
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 3rd, 2016

The Great Railway Bazaar Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780618658947
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2006

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia Cover Image
By Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780143104902
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 30th, 2007